Kabogo files case to bar Waititu from holding public office

Kabogo now claims that Waititu does not have any qualification past primary school education and will demonstrate so/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 11 – Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has moved to court claiming that controversial Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu is not qualified to hold public office over his education qualification.

Kabogo now claims that Waititu does not have any qualification past primary school education and will demonstrate so.

In an urgent suit lodged in court Friday, Kabogo through lawyer Issa Mansur claims that Waititu does not possess any valid University degree or any degree from a recognized University.

He says he was a student at Punjab University in India and was surprised by claims by Waititu that he was purportedly in the same University having been admitted in unclear and opaque circumstances.

“In any event, the MP never went to India for Higher Education,’’ he states.

According to Kabogo, Waititu is unfit to hold any public office and has violated articles 10, 38, 73 of the Constitution.

Under Section 25(1) 9(a) of Elections Act, the petitioner contends that a candidate must satisfy any educational, moral and ethical requirements prescribed by the Constitution and the Act.

He insists there is no evidence that the legislator went through a process of learning, tutoring and examination and met all the requirements of the University to earn the degree that he purports to possess.

Consequently, the Governor now wants a bench constituted to determine the petition arguing that it raises matters of great public importance.

“ The petition raises substantial questions of law on compliance with Chapter 6 of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity as well as the statutory prescriptions on leadership and integrity,’’ he states.

The 51 year-old MP has since declared interest in the gubernatorial seat and is seen as one that would easily oust Kabogo.

Kabogo goes on to say that the residents and voters of Kabete Constituency are entitled to be represented by persons who adhere to and comply with the principles of leadership and integrity.

It is his argument that the petition is made in good faith because Leadership and Integrity is a condition precedent for one to be eligible or continue holding any public office under the Constitution.

In the petition, Kabogo states that Waititu was in 1985 admitted at a University in India to undertake a three years degree course where he graduated on 19 June 1988 and was awarded a diploma by Panjab University , Chandigarh.

Waititu was elected on May 4 2015 as Kabete MP on a JAP ticket following the death of George Muchai who was shot and killed along Kenyatta Avenue Nairobi on February 7.